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Planners call on government for stronger direction on climate action

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An overwhelming majority of UK planners want the next government to give stronger direction and more resources to enable local planners to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Dundee to host conference on climate change science and law

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Scotland will host world-leading experts in climate change law and science in September, as they attend a major conference on global climate at the University of Dundee.

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Sponsored Content: Grundfos supports UN SDGs

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The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay down ambitions to make the world a better and fairer place for everyone to live in.

Three billion tons less CO2 emissions by 2030 possible with photonics, says study

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Photonics technologies can contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by three billion tons per year by 2030, according to a new study by German industry association SPECTARIS, the Fraunhofer Institute, TEMATYS and Messe Munchen appears. This is the equivalent of 22.2

Virtual reality training wins water industry innovation award

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The Igloo cylindrical training theatre used by Lanes. Drainage and utility specialist Lanes Group plc has won the Institute of Water of Innovation Award 2020 for the South East Region for leading the development of virtual reality (VR) capability in a 360 video theatre.

Air pollution and premature death: Life expectancy impacts described in Bristol study

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Research considers health impact in England’s eighth biggest city, Bristol. Five people dying prematurely every week – 260 for the year as a result of two most harmful forms of air pollution, PM2.5 and NO2.

Over 60GW of wind energy capacity installed in 2019, the second-biggest year in history

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Industry group calls on governments to ensure regulation is fit for purpose and “look beyond LCOE”, in order to accelerate growth of wind energy and meet climate targets.

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Coronavirus pandemic will drive responsible (ESG) investing ‘skywards’, says financial advisory group CEO

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The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout will trigger a ‘skyward surge’ in sustainable, responsible and impactful investing over the next 12 months, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations.

Report highlights UK and US financial institutions’ contribution to Amazon deforestation

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A report released on 12 March by Amazon Watch reveals the involvement of five American and British financial institutions in billions of dollars in debt and equity financing for crude oil extraction projects in the western Amazon.

Biomethane could deliver 30% of the UK’s 2030 carbon budget in hardest to decarbonise sectors, says report

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With a supportive policy environment, anaerobic digestion (AD) technology could produce 8 billion m3 biomethane/year, enough to heat 6.4 million homes, by 2030, according to a new report from the industry group ADBA.

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Covid-19 risk greater in urban centres affected by air pollution

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People living in polluted cities are more at risk from Covid-19, according to health experts cited in a 16 March report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), an advocacy group.

Unlocking the energy potential of Scotland’s parks

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Aerial shot of Kelvingrove Park: Glasgow is rated as the local authority with the greatest potential to meet its heat demand from sub-surface heat collectors.

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Nesting in the thrush hour: Leeds traffic light hosts endangered bird species

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The traffic light in Leeds city centre (photo credit Ben Andrew). Mistle thrush aka stormcock has set up nest in Leeds traffic light. Chicks hatched during height of storm Dennis. Nesting has taken place more than a month earlier than usual.

Nuclear reactor drains un-blocked

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Drainage engineers from Lanes Group have used new pipe cleaning technology to solve persistent drain blockage problems at a nuclear power station.

Maximising the potential of exhaust gases

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HRS Exchangers recently supplied a G Series gas cooling heat exchanger to food waste AD plant operated by one of the UK’s leading waste management companies.

Coronavirus causing huge difficulty for the recovered paper sector, says Recycling Association

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The coronavirus outbreak is hitting the vulnerable recovered paper sector hard according to The Recycling Association. Over the past few years, the international market for recovered fibre has received a number of blows and this has proved challenging for the UK in particular.

Investigation reveals almost 130,000 tonnes of carpet incinerated annually

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Carpet waste is a huge issue in UK, as an area the size of Birmingham is thrown away every year. Carpet Recycling UK, a trade association set up to encourage carpet recycling, oversees 73% of diverted carpet waste being sent to incineration at an approximate climate cost of £16.5

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UN report: Ocean-based climate action could deliver a fifth of emissions cuts needed to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C

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An area of seagrass and rock on the seabed, Mediterranean sea, France: “Blue carbon” ecosystems could prevent approximately 1 gigatonne of CO2e from entering the atmosphere by 2050, says the report.

EU and US prevent vital protections for endangered mako sharks

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Low-energy desalination technology starts field tests in Palestine

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New desalination system shows energy savings of 33-66% compared to existing systems, at recovery of 80%, says group, with recovery of up to 90% seemingly achievable.

Sponsored content: IEMA sustainability skills for the workforce and managers – new courses launched

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RRC is proud to announce the launch of two new IEMA sustainability courses: “Sustainability Skills for the Workforce”, and “Sustainability Skills for Managers.”

Courtauld Commitment figures prove ‘food for thought’

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The latest figures published in WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 Milestone Progress Report indicate that food waste rates in the UK have decreased. But Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, believes we shouldn’t be celebrating just yet….

Still in the dark about targets? Observers respond to the UK government’s Environment Bill

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Following the announcement of the government’s Environment Bill on 30 January , many observers in the environmental arena reflected on the ambition and likely efficacy of the legislation, while highlighting areas of concern and suggested improvement. Envirotec reports.

Bristol announces low carbon housing development, and selection of heat pump technology

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Borehole drilling rig for the installation of heat pumps at Ashton Rise. A sustainable housing development is to be developed in Bristol, featuring innovative low-carbon heating.

Demolition and quarrying crusher premieres in Las Vegas

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ALLU Crusher AC 25-37 crushing asphalt. Attachments manufacturer Allu has introduced a new range crushing attachments said to be purpose-designed to meet the requirements of the demolition, recycling and quarrying industries.

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Keep a close eye on mercury

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When properly contained and controlled, mercury can be used safely.

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Which plastics recycling tech will dominate?

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T he economics of plastic waste recycling are rapidly changing, pointing to a future where both incumbent and advanced technologies will be used, but decisive advantages for certain technologies will emerge in particular regions depending on waste streams and legislation, according to a recent Lux Research report.

Utility uses 3d asset mapping

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Essex & Suffolk Water is working with technology company MGISS to improve the accuracy and currency of asset data while future proofing corporate systems.

Climate change aggravates PM2.5

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The changing state of particulate pollution (PM2.5) around the world is revealed by IQ Air’s latest World Air Quality Report, and its most polluted cities ranking. Jakarta (pictured) and Hanoi have overtaken Beijing for the first time, as the world’s premier PM2.5 pollution hotspots.

The long road to recognition

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Civil engineer and Chartered Water & Environmental Manager Simon Crowther has both personal experience of flooding (as “victim” in 2007), and expertise in tackling it, as director of Flood Protection Solutions , which he founded in 2012.

UKWIR failure database revamp gets underway

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A review of UKWIR’s National Failure Database for pipe assets is being carried out by Servelec Technologies. The work will examine the business case for continuing development and support of the NFD, which benchmarks failure rates for water distribution mains and sewers in the UK and Ireland.

From field to faucet

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Dr Akmez Nabeerasool, senior product manager at industrial water recycling specialist Arvia Technology , discusses advances in the post-treatment purification of water polluted by persistent traces of agrochemicals.

A timely return

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Beavers are set to recolonise the UK. Northumbria University Associate Professor in Ecology Mike Jeffries looks at the impact their reintroduction could have on wildlife and flood prevention. The Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) is one of the largest rodents in the world.

Monitoring for flood management

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Image of Great Fen showing Holme Fen woods (top left) and new ponds. C limate projections for the UK suggest that rainfall will increase in winter and decrease in summer, and that individual rainfall events may increase in intensity, especially in winter.

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Describing pollutant distribution in 3d

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A team led by environmental physicist Stefan Schreier at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna is attempting to build up a better picture of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the city.

Making sense of sensor arrays

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Research at Oregon State University is working towards the development of an electronic “nose” capable of monitoring air quality, detecting safety threats, and measuring gases in a patient’s breath.

Combo extends coverage at lower cost

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(Top) Customers access the data via the Aeroqual Cloud software, and (right) Aeroqual AQS1, Met One EBAM Plus and BC-1060 Black Carbon Monitors being used in combination at the Devil’s Gate Reservoir Restoration project, California.

‘Urgent action’ needed if Scotland’s transport sector is to meet net zero targets, according to new report

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Net zero offers ‘huge economic development opportunity’ for Scotland. But significant investment and urgent action is required. Interconnectivity between different modes of transport is critical.

Partnership addresses potable priorities

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Water and wastewater treatment firm Evoqua Water Technologies shares details of recent work undertaken during an update to Irish Water’s Bruree Pumping Station, imrovements with a direct bearing on water quality. Below left) A UVLX reactor component and (above) inside the pumping station.

Top tips for CEMS selection

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Tightening legislation is placing pressure on firms to be able to monitor the gases they emit. Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) can play an important role. Matthew Sumner of ABB Measurement & Analytics offers top tips for selecting the most appropriate solution.

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